PHILADELPHIA — A short Amtrak ride from New York to Philadelphia changed Aaron Kaufman's life. He was a successful Hollywood producer, with a resume that included the comic book noir "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," and the retro action film "Machete Kills." But for years, Kaufman considered working on something entirely different, a project that would explore the Jehovah's Witnesses in some way — a screenplay, maybe, or a documentary. In 2017, his research led him to Philadelphia, where attorneys for the millenarian religion were fighting a lawsuit that had been filed by Stephanie Fessler, ...
Lara Trump clambered to paint her father-in-law as a patriot who served his country while speaking to Fox News on Sunday. Trump, who never served in the military due to alleged "bone spurs" spent the final years of Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) life questioning his service to his country.
"How refreshing, by the way, that we are taking a servicemember, someone that serves our country and we are probing them up and we are recognizing them instead of vilifying them like we've so sadly seen so many times," said Lara Trump.
One of those servicemembers who was vilified was McCain, who he called a "loser."
"He was a war hero because he was captured," Trump said at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit. "He lost and let us down. I've never liked him as much after that."
"McCain didn't get the job done for our great vets and the VA, and they knew it," Trump said at an Ohio rally in 2019. "That's why, when I had my dispute with him, I had such incredible support from the vets and from the military. The vets were on my side because I got the job done. I got Choice and I got accountability. Accountability meaning, if somebody mistreats our vets — for 45 years they were trying."
At the time, Sean Spicer was working as the Republican National Committee (RNC) Chief Strategist and Communications Director. He said, "Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably."
Spicer then went to work for Trump.
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CNN's Jim Acosta says Trump's 'big lie' has turned into 'the big cry' as he whines about losing in rallies
CNN's Jim Acosta joined with Republican Margaret Hoover and fellow CNN analyst John Avlon to discuss former President Donald Trump's latest rally in Georgia.
The weekend rally was largely downplayed by the report that he still lost the Arizona election. In fact, he lost it by more than initially calculated, losing over 260 votes and Joe Biden gained 99. Still, at the rally, Trump trotted out his usual applause lines attacking Democrats, calling the election a "lie" and pledging a rematch.
"Look, the man continues to propagate falsehoods, factual -- like things that are factually not true, just blatantly not true," said Hoover. "Thank God there is no Pravda in this country. Thank God we have an opportunity to at least say to people on your show, Jim, 'that is not true,' and the former president of the United States continues to lie to people who support him. It is — I don't know how much different or how much more dangerous than anything else he's done previously, but let's not forget this man continues to be a menace to our constitutional democracy."
Avlon agreed, noting the moniker "the fraudit," which is how the Arizona audit became known.
"This was hyperpartisan with no experience coming in to try to prove a lie, the directing counting of hand ballots proved too much even for their conspiracy theorists' will to power," he said. "But that should make people who bought into the big lie be forced to confront the reality. Joe Biden won more votes according to the Cyber Ninjas than according to the original tally. What Trump is saying is, don't believe the truth, don't believe your eyes. Believe what I say. All he has are lies and ego at this point. Anyone who is still following him is therefore either a fool or a coward, especially if they're in political office because they know he's lying, but they're afraid to call it out."
Acosta agreed, saying that he doesn't want to call it "the big lie" anymore.
"I want to call it the big cry because he just goes to these rallies, and he cries," said Acosta. "He cries about the election. He cries about the border. He cries about Bush and Cheney. I mean, why would you go to a rally and stand out there for hours and hours just to listen to this man who can't get over losing cry and cry?"
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) made it clear that he will not vote for President Joe Biden's budget bill because he says that it will add to the deficit. The bill doesn't add to the debt as it corrects the Republican Party's corporate tax cut. Still, Manchin maintains that he's against it.
As of Sunday, he's looking even more isolated. According to Axios, centrists officials have told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that they will support the budget bill at the $3.5 trillion price tag. Two of the nine members who previously demanded that the roads and bridges bill be brought to the floor are now standing behind her on the larger package.
"By explicitly announcing their support for a big package targeting climate change and expanding the social safety net, Reps. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and Filemon Vela (D-TX) are trying to convince progressives to vote for the infrastructure bill this week," said Axios.
Progressives have been frustrated with the centrists because they proposed a $6 trillion package and agreed to cut it nearly in half. The centrists like Vela, Gonzalez and Manchin haven't been willing to compromise on anything in the bill.
"We support swift passage of the president's $3.5 trillion reconciliation package," the members wrote in a joint statement. "The bipartisan infrastructure framework would, on average, deliver $1.2 billion per congressional district."
"However, the idea that denying passage of the Senate's Bipartisan Infrastructure bill [BIF] somehow exercises 'leverage' over some of our more fiscally conservative members is wholly misguided," the statement also said.
Pelosi told ABC News that she intends to bring the bipartisan infrastructure bill to a vote this Monday.
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